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Cassandra C. Remission: Teen Forced to Do Chemo Is Feeling Better

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 04:49 PM

A Connecticut teen known as Cassandra C. is in remission after being forced to take more than six months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The 17-year-old resisted the treatment after her September diagnosis, and her failed legal challenge arguing that she was mature enough to make her own medical decision made its way to the Connecticut Supreme Court in January.

In remission and with only two treatments left, the teen is feeling well.

"She's seen in her case the side effects weren't bad and she's been well treated by the nurses and doctors and does want to complete the treatment," Cassandra's state appointed attorney, Josh Michtom, said, according to CNN.

Cassandra has been in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Doctors said she had an 80 to 85 percent change of surviving with chemotherapy but that she likely would die without it.

"We are very pleased with Cassandra's progress toward a complete recovery. We understand how difficult this has been for Cassandra and her family, but we have had full confidence throughout that the medical professionals involved in her treatment would be successful in saving her life," DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said in a statement to CNN.

Mitchum said he will request that Cassandra be returned to her mother’s custody.

"I'm committed to finishing the rest of my chemo, which is 2 more cycles, March and April,” Cassandra said, according to NBC News. “I would love more than anything to be able to come home to finish it all. I miss my life so dearly, especially my mom, my cat and my boyfriend.”

She said she still wishes she had been given the right to make decisions about her treatment but being in remission has helped her accept the chemotherapy.

"It kind of made it a lot easier to accept everything that has gone on here. I'm still never going to be completely happy with how this happened, having this treatment forced upon me,” Cassandra told The Associated Press. "Knowing now that the chemo wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, I probably wouldn't fight so hard against it."

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